FLASHBACK: CONFAB recommended return to old National Anthem under Goodluck Jonathan

The 2014 National Conference, also known as the Confab, recommended reverting to the old national anthem “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, StechiteGist Media reports.

The old anthem, originally composed for Nigeria’s independence in 1960 by Lillian Jean Williams (lyrics) and Frances Berda (music), was dropped in 1978 by the Olusegun Obasanjo military regime in favor of “Arise, O Compatriots”. The Confab delegates unanimously agreed to revert to the old anthem as part of their recommendations for a better Nigeria.

However, the decision to revert to the old anthem has sparked criticism from some Nigerians, including former presidential aide Reno Omokri, who argued that the anthem written by a collective of young Nigerians in 1978 should be retained.

Omokri questioned the rationale behind reverting to an anthem written by an English woman, Lillian Jean Williams, and called it a “step backwards” in Nigeria’s national journey.

Despite the criticism, the Confab delegates stood up and enthusiastically sang the old national anthem at the end of the conference, marking the fulfillment of their recommendation

Recall that on Thursday, President Bola Tinubu approved the bill for Nigeria to replace the ‘Arise O Compatriots’ anthem with ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee.’

This was, however, greeted with mixed reactions as many Nigerians rejected the move.

However, during a review of the committee’s report in 2014, delegates in support of the resolution recited the old anthem on the plenary floor, asserting that it promotes a stronger symbol of unity, peace, and prosperity compared to the current one, composed by the late Benedict Odiase.

Lillian Jean Williams composed the lyrics of the old anthem, which was sung between 1960 and 1978, while it was written by Frances Berda.

The conference also resolved that for Nigeria to achieve its goal of building a fully integrated nation, its citizens should live in unity and harmony as one indivisible entity under God.

watch as Tinubu and lawmakers sing the now approved anthem. Nigeria we hail thee.

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